As an international student who had little knowledge regarding the culture or purpose of the various Inns of Court, the opportunity to attend the mixed dinner at Gray’s Inn was an invaluable experience. It was an excellent opportunity to network with barristers who are both experienced in the profession or currently undertaking the BPTC. By speaking to various members of Gray’s Inn, I was granted a new perspective of what my future career at the bar will entail and how to best approach the daunting task of obtaining a pupillage.
I also had the opportunity to hear a guest lecture from the esteemed Neil Block QC who discussed his area of practice, clinical negligence. It was quite fortuitous not only in that I had the ability to learn more about the area of law I wish to practice, but also that I got a chance to speak with Neil Block after his talk regarding a moot on medical negligence which was taking place the following day.
Furthermore, it was quite entertaining to learn about some of the unique customs that occur at Gray’s Inn – such as, following Neil’s lecture, the junior member of the inn seated directly across the room from the speaker, must stand on the table and give a speech which he wrote in response to what the speaker has said. I would highly recommend any student who is considering undertaking a career at the bar or is in the process of joining an Inn, to attend a mixed dinner to get acquainted with your future fellows and the unique culture of the place.
– Keegan Adsett-Bowrin is a 3rd year Law student
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